More than 175,000 people are expected to visit the 2013 Royal Highland Show, a festival celebrating farming, food and countryside which runs from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June.
The show will feature more than 5,000 livestock, 3,000 horses and ponies and 1,000 trade stands and entertainments, including outdoor sports, food and drink exhibitions and craft pavilions plus a full music programme including bands from the US.
But as well as being a great day out, the show is also an important place to do business, contributing almost £100m to the Scottish economy each year. The majority of the show programme on the 20th and 21st June focuses on rural and agri-business, and a dedicated business place has been established on 7th Avenue with private meeting rooms, free internet access and reception staff to facilitate business meetings.
Partners since 1981
RBS has supported The Royal Highland Show (RHS) and its organisers, the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) as a partner since 1981. The show is based at Ingliston, adjacent to Edinburgh airport and a five minute drive from the RBS Gogarburn office.
RBS will be represented by the Business & Commercial team, who will be meeting clients during the show, while an on-site RBS branch will serve customers right on the showground.
RBS staff and some of the RBS Rugby Ambassadors aim to raise more than £10,000 by taking part in a “triathlon” outside the branch, using stationary bikes, treadmills and rowing machines to complete the three elements. The money raised will be split between the Royal Highland Educational Trust and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Club’s 75th anniversary fund, established to support grass root clubs across Scotland.
RHASS chief executive Stephen Hutt said: “Over the years, the partnership between RBS and the RHASS has moved from one of purely financial transaction, to a more cohesive working partnership. What was once an RBS branding of Scotland’s largest outdoor event, is evolving into a true affiliation with the added benefit of integrating corporate social responsibility commitments.”
RBS will also be supporting the involvement of Set4Sport, at the show. Set4Sport showcases easy and fun ways for parents to play with their children and develop the skills required for playing sport.
Set4Sport was created by Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie. Judy will be at the show on Saturday 22 June. The programme centres around ball skills and exercises Judy played with her sons while they were growing up.
Partners of the Royal Highland Show since 1981, supporting farmers for generations.